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SEN Tribunals Officer

  • Organisation
  • East Sussex County Council
  • Number of positions
  • 1
  • Location
  • Lewes
  • Salary
  • £37,575 to £40,270 per annum
  • Closing date
  • 02/06/2024
  • Department
  • Children Services
  • Contract type
  • Permanent
  • Work pattern
  • Full Time
  • Hours
  • 37
  • Job type
  • Administration and Clerical
  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/219612/40637
  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/219612/40637
  • Number of positions
  • 1
  • Location
  • Lewes
  • Salary
  • £37,575 to £40,270 per annum
  • Closing date
  • 02/06/2024
  • Organisation
  • East Sussex County Council
  • Department
  • Children Services
  • Contract type
  • Permanent
  • Work pattern
  • Full Time
  • Hours
  • 37
  • Job type
  • Administration and Clerical

 

An opportunity has arisen in the Assessment and Planning team, part of the Education Division, for a role of an SEN Tribunal Officer.

We are looking for an officer to represent the Local Authority at the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) hearings and to facilitate ongoing work in reducing the number of appeals to SENDIST.

You will deliver effective case management of SEN appeals to ensure that the Local Authority discharges its statutory responsibilities effectively in relation to appeals to SENDIST.

You will have knowledge and understanding of current SEN legislation and reform, statutory procedures and processes governing the provision of services for children and young people with special educational needs.

You will have excellent communication and analytical skills and proven negotiation skills that achieve desired outcomes. You will have an excellent working knowledge of the Children and Families Act, the SEND Code of Practice and its implementation through the SEND reforms. You will be an innovative problem solver who demonstrates resilience and positivity whilst seeking solutions. You will have excellent organisational and time management skills to adhere to statutory timescales.

This role is subject to a hybrid working agreement currently set at 2 days on site at County Hall, Lewes and 3 days working from home. Please note this is subject to change at short notice dependant on service requirements and demands. 

What can the Education Division offer you?

  • A motivated team committed to the continuous improvement of outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
  • A commitment to a model of reflective practice based on regular supervision to support all employees in their professional development.
  • A continued professional development (CPD) programme to ensure your personal and professional skills and knowledge are enhanced and developed to support the performance of the service.
  • A team of motivated and committed peers.
  • We also offer a diverse range of benefits to help and support you during your employment. More information can be found on our benefits page.
  • County Hall provides a café with a full range of hot and cold lunches, snacks and drinks with seating both indoors and out.

Please read our help applying for jobs pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement, showing how you meet the essential criteria within the job description and job specification. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to determine if you will be invited to attend an interview.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity contact James Kelly, SEND Tribunals Lead Manager on 01273 336740.

Interviews are scheduled for Friday 14 June 2024 and will be in the form of a face-to-face interview, followed by a task. This will be in County Hall, Lewes. 

You will be working at County Hall; the Head Office for the County Council, based on the edge of Lewes Town Centre, which is within walking distance to the town and train station. County Hall is also on a bus route and car parking is available on site at a reduced rate for employees.  

For work that makes a difference

Additional Information

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits. 

If you require sponsorship to work in the UK please let the hiring manager know this in your application so we can check eligibility for sponsorship for the role.

If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.

Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.


Equal Opportunities

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.

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